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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Book Review: As Wide As the Sky

Local author explores grief, pain and how much we can forgive
It's a risky thing for an artist to explore the humanity of a mass killer; our binary discourse seems ready to turn everyone who causes pain into a monster.  Utah author Josi Kilpack—writing under the pseudonym Jessica Pack—digs with compassion and complexity into that subject in As Wide As the Sky, observing as people come to terms with the varying flaws of the people in their lives, and how much we are able to forgive not just others, but ourselves.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Sacred Cow

MormonLeaks team puts its transparency crusade into historical context.
“That’s my message to the church,” Ryan McKnight said. “Do the right thing and let the consequences follow.”

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Make America Pioneer Again

Secretary Zinke comes to Utah for the Days of ’47 rodeo.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stopped in Salt Lake City on Tuesday to deliver remarks at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo, where he praised Utah for understanding that “freedom of religion is the cornerstone of American exceptionalism.” After Gov. Gary Herbert introduced the “great patriot and a great friend of Utah,” Zinke recalled the Mormon pioneers who came to the state in 1847 and said their journey demonstrates the importance of religious tolerance in America.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Music Monday 7/23: Drake & Migos and more

Whether you like your hip-hop ice-cold and Canadian or dipped in Dirty South hot sauce, this Thursday’s Drake + Migos show at Vivint Smart Home Arena will satisfy. Billed as the Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour (Aubrey is Drake’s real name, and The Three Migos refers to, well, the three members of Migos), the 57-leg North American jaunt actually kicks off here in Salt Lake City, leading us to the sneaking suspicion that Atlanta’s Takeoff, Quavo and Offset really like it here in The Beehive State.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Bear Ambition

On tour to Bears Ears Meadow, Bear Totem makes SLC stop.
“We’re in a battle to save the earth,” Jewell James said. “This administration will wipe out all the progress that we’ve had.”

Movie Reviews: The Equalizer 2, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Three Identical Strangers

Unfriended: Dark Web
A trio of very different sequels hit multiplexes this weekend, while the art house selection presents a very different kind of trio.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Circle of Humanity

Former LDS bishop hosts talk on why supporting the LGBTQ community and being a good Mormon aren't mutually exclusive.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a complicated relationship with its LGBTQ members. Though slowly becoming more supportive—earlier this week the LDS Foundation donated $25,000 to an LGBTQ support group, and high-profile Mormon politicians like Sen. Orrin Hatch have recently voiced concerns about high suicide rates among LGBTQ youth—the church still teaches that while identifying as LGBTQ is not a sin, acting on those sexual impulses, “violate[s] one of our Father in Heaven’s most important laws and get[s] in the way of our eternal progress.”

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Common Ground

National Road to Change tour comes to Utah.
Brian Suiter, a recent Payson High School grad, said he thought the town hall was helpful. “My ability to carry a firearm is an act of love,” he said.

Friday, July 13, 2018

2018 Urban Arts Festival announces headliner Chali 2na

The 2018 Urban Arts Festival announced hip-hop stalwart Chali 2na as headliner for the eighth annual event, allowing him to showcase both his music and his visual arts.

Movie Reviews: Skyscraper, Hotel Transylvania 3, Leave No Trace, Sorry to Bother You

Church and State, The Night Eats the World
It's Dwayne Johnson to the rescue at multiplexes this weekend, while art house offerings include a bold racial satire, zombie apocalypse and one of the year's best dramas.

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